5 terrorists killed, 5 security personnel martyred in Kupwara encounter
Three Army jawans and two policemen were killed today in a fierce gun battle between security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmirs Kupwara district.
The forces have recovered five bodies of terrorists who were killed in the encounter that has been going on for the past 38 hours in Halmatpora's forest area.
Official sources told India Today that two more policemen of the Special Operations Group (SOG) were also injured.
Kupwara encounter UPDATE: Total five soldiers have lost their lives so far. Five terrorists have been killed. Search operation continues #JammuAndKashmirANI (@ANI) March 21, 2018
The injured were rushed to a medical institute at the nearby Army camp and are currently undergoing treatment.
Earlier, it was reported that three security personnel including an Army jawan identified as Ranjeet Singh were injured. However, latest reports confirm Ranjeet succumbed to his injuries, attaining martyrdom along with a fifth jawan.
The jawan who was killed first has been identified as Mohammad Ashraf Rather and the SOG men as Mohammad Yousuf and Deepak Thesoo.
J&K: Mohammad Yusuf and Deepak Thesoo, the two police personnel who lost their lives in Kupwara encounter pic.twitter.com/xgDV3HRpKhANI (@ANI) March 21, 2018
According to an Army official, four militants were killed yesterday in the gunfight that broke out in Halmatpora's Check Fatehkhan forest area, about 110 km from Srinagar.
J&K DGP SP Vaid confirmed the killing of militants in a tweet saying that the fourth terrorist's body has been recovered from the encounter site.
He added that three security personnel were martyred and the firing is still underway.
4th dead body of terrorist recovered from encounter site of Kupwara, firing still continues, unfortunately 2 brave hearts of J&K Police martyred & one of TA.Shesh Paul Vaid (@spvaid) March 21, 2018
The forest area was cordoned off by joint contingents of Army and police on Tuesday afternoon following intelligence information about presence of militants, said police.
"Additional reinforcements were called in to take on militants in the area. Search operation is underway," a police official said.
Exchange of fire in the ongoing Kupwara encounter can be clearly heard in ANI's video:
#WATCH Encounter underway between security forces & terrorists in Kupwara's Halmatpora. Two policemen lost their lives in fresh exchange of fire today. Four terrorists were killed during the encounter last night. (visuals deferred by unspecified time) #JammuAndKashmir pic.twitter.com/lqCWIQkXbRANI (@ANI) March 21, 2018
(With inputs from Ashraf Wani)